Kangaroo Island, South Australia

The Wildest Place in Australia


"There really aren't enough adjectives to accurately describe the beauty of Kangaroo Island. In fact, words can almost spoil the moment. Even photos don't do this wildly gorgeous destination justice". Isaac Bober, Symmetry, Australia

Regions of Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island has 6 beautiful regions for tourist to tour anytime of the year. From beautiful beach locations to adventurous country side you will be trying to figure out how to visit every location in your stay.

Destination for all Seasons

Summer : December - February

When summer approaches, wildlife move to bushland habitats to shelter themselves during the heat of the day. The land is a contrast of golden pastures against summer wild flowers and the new growth native trees.

  • Kangaroos and Tammar wallabies are seen predominantly at dawn and dusk.
  • Little penguins moult all their feathers at the end of the breeding season and can lose up to half their body weight.
  • New Zealand Fur seals give birth to chocolate-brown pups.
  • The Australian Sea-lion breeding season begins with pups born from January to June 2006.
  • Heath goannas lay 10-17 eggs in the warm, stable, humid atmosphere of termite mounds, the perfect incubator.
  • Koalas, wallabies and kangaroos give birth to tiny young, which are naked and blind.

Autumn : March - May

Pastures begin to green and waterways and catchments begin to flow. Autumn is a time of transition, with some rainfall gradually providing the wildlife with fresh growth to feed on.

  • Glossy Black cockatoos and Little Penguins begin nesting.
  • Black swans begin their courtship behavior of wing-raising, neck-stretching and loud trumpeting.
  • Fungi start to appear on damp ground and rotting wood.

Winter : June - August

Winter is spectacular with lush green country side, flowing rivers and abundant wildlife: it's Kangaroo Island at its most appealing. Land mammals, predominately night, dawn and dusk feeders for most of the year, frequently come out by day.

  • Koalas emerge from the mother's pouch and begin to ride on her back.
  • Kangaroo and wallaby joeys start to emerge from the mother's pouch and feed by her side.
  • Echidnas form 'mating trains' where up to eight males will follow a female for around four weeks.
  • Waders, on their migration from Siberia, begin to arrive.
  • Ospreys show off to their mates in spectacular courtship fights.
  • Southern right whales pass the shores on their migration from Antarctic waters to the Great Australian Bight to calve.

Spring : September - November

Spring is the season of rebirth on Kangaroo Island. It is a wonderful time to see the spectacular array of wild flowers, birds and mammals.

  • Wildflowers are in abundance. There are approximately 40 endemic floral species found on Kangaroo Island.
  • Eucalyptus oil is in peak production. One tonne of leaf can produce up to 30 litres of oil.
  • Cape Barren geese nest on top of the native iris grasses to incubate their eggs.
  • Platypuses lay two eggs in a burrow up to 20 metres long.

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